- a state in which the welfare of the people in such matters as social security, health and education, housing, and working conditions is the responsibility of the government.
Origin of welfare state
First recorded in 1940–45
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- a system in which the government undertakes the chief responsibility for providing for the social and economic security of its population, usually through unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, and other social-security measures
- a social system characterized by such policies
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